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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (June 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083083494X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830834945
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is one of the best books I've read this year. It is concise, well written, and challenging. This book provides a gentle nudge for those who desire to be gripped by the big issues of life but really don't know where or how to begin." (Debbie S. Book Bargains and Previews, (bookbargainsandpreviews.com), October 2008)

"Here is a book about what it means to care - really care - as a Christian. If you honestly and prayerfully read Just Courage you will be changed - if you are willing to give your comforrtable christian life to make a difference. Just Courage as a lifestyle is both risky and irresistable." (Frank Mills, Borderlands Review, (frankamills.com), October 2008)

"Just Courage is undoubtedly one of the most thought-provoking books I have read in years. More than just thought provoking, Just Courage is faith-provoking, action-provoking, and provoking in general." (Beauty of the Bible, (beautyofthebible.com), October 28, 2008)

"Haugen really opens the eyes of the reader to the realities of darkness. It makes one wonder, at times, who are the people who perpetuate sex-trade houses where children are being abused and raped? Worse, it makes me confront myself and say: 'What am I doing to bring these people to justice and, following Jesus, set these captives free?' . . . [Haugen] makes no bones about the fact that Christians have, by and large, not done enough. There is much to be done and each day is a day to get it done. Courage is required. Christians need to move out of the safety and into the world where they might get dirty, or hurt, or run out of town. Christians must be advocates for the weak and oppressed." (Advance Signs (advancesigns.wordpress.com), September 6, 2008)

"[A] brief but stirring call to trusting faith, to daily discipleship, to a global vision, the hope of what Christ's followers are doing, and how we can take further steps to be agents of healing, hope and social transformation, especially for the hurting or oppressed. The chapters are very short, the readings inspiring, the discussion questions provocative, practical, usable." (Byron Borger, Hearts & Minds Books, June 14, 2008)

"With tremendous power, simplicity and godly courage, Haugen is leading the body of Christ toward a more substantial expression of faith and love through the preservation of human dignity, value and worth." (Paul Coughlin, author of Unleashing Courageous Faith)

"Just Courage is a life-changing book. Gary Haugen's echo of God's call to a life of significance and adventure is irresistible. He places the fight for justice right where the Bible does: square in the middle of Christian discipleship. Every follower of Jesus should read this book and take action on behalf of a world that 'waits, groaning' for us to bring hope, love and rescue." (Lynne and Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church)

"Gary Haugen explores what it means to really care about those who suffer--and it isn't necessarily the path we might expect. We tend to think of soup kitchens and painting buildings as ways to express our compassion for those in need, but Gary makes a convincing argument that fighting for justice on behalf of the poor is a powerful, effective way to make a long-term difference in their lives. Don't miss this book!" (Kay Warren, executive director, HIV/AIDS Initiative, Saddleback Church)

"Just Courage shines like exit-lighting, leading me out of the guilt-laden, often overwhelming conversations about what I should be doing, to the life-giving redemptive promises about my life as a follower of Jesus Christ. Gary Haugen speaks beautifully and directly to the truth that entering into justice work is not optional in the life of the believer, but is the realization of our deepest faith and desires to live lives of significance. The most important truth that I have taken from this book and from the work of IJM is this: the same suffering of others that caused me to question the goodness of God is now the conduit for truly understanding the goodness of God. There are profound aspects of his call and character that I cannot grasp, until I enter into the suffering of others." (Sara Groves, singer and songwriter)

"I dare you to read Gary Haugen without growing a bigger vision of God. He is a prophet in our day calling us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God." (John Ortberg, pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and author of When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box)

About the Author

Gary A. Haugen is president and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding IJM, he worked in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice and was director of the United Nations genocide investigation in Rwanda.

More About the Author

Gary A. Haugen is founder and president of International Justice Mission (IJM) - a global human rights agency that protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities and law enforcement to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. The largest organization of its kind, IJM has served thousands of survivors of violence.

Haugen was the Director of the U.N. investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, and has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons "Hero" - the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to confront violence against the poor has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets.

Haugen is a graduate of Harvard University and received a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Locust Effect, Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More and Just Courage.

Learn more about Gary's most recent book, The Locust Effect, at www.thelocusteffect.com. For more about International Justice Mission (IJM) please visit www.ijm.org.

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I read the book in two days (literally)-- it was that good.
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The detailed examples of God's faithfulness are always good to hear, and the stories of real-life humble heroism should be an encouragement to all.
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If we love our neighbor who we do see, we will follow Jesus and seek justice for them.
Gregory A. Johnson

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Means on July 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Gary Haugen's books, The Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More, and now Just Courage. Out of all three Just Courage is the most introductory and basic. It's well written and a very easy read at 130 simple pages. He does a good job of bringing in stories and talking about the call to live a life of adventure and that as Christians we are called to enter the adventure of bringing justice to this planet.

If you or someone you know is feeling unfulfilled in their Christian experience this book will challenge them to re-examine their faith and encourage them to get involved in justice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Wood on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Haugen has written an excellent, readable book that should resonate with anyone who has a desire to have a missional life. I personally felt he extended some passages of Scriptures to his position unnecessarily, but it is no secret the least and those who suffer injustice merit significant attention in the Bible. If injustice is an issue that is on the heart of God as reflected in the Bible, then we who are called followers of the way should have a desire to be engaged in taking the gospel to every corner of the human experience.

"Courage - the power to do the right thing even when it is scary and hard - resonates deeply with the original shape of our soul" (p103) How often do we have the opportunity to consider how we might live courageously in today's world. This book provides a gentle nudge for those who desire to be gripped by the big issues of life but really don't know where or how to begin. As other various voices call us to action in this area of thought and lifestyle, often with a call that is both idealistic and unrealistic for most people, Just Courage takes a different tack. This would be good reading for anyone on a evening when you just want to knock out a book and it just might change your life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DadOfThree on March 23, 2009
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I was concerned "Just Courage" would be a book about how the government or quasi-governmental organizations should step in and solve the problems of injustice. This book wisely sidesteps that problem by analogy - we can disagree what the perfect marriage looks like, but we all agree adultury is wrong. He discusses fighting slavery and oppression that we all agree is wrong, and argues that Christians should be doing so - NOW. There are many Christians already at it, and the rest of us need to get to work. Beware that this book will make you confront whether you want comfort or courage. I recommend it for all, especially those of us in America who often forget the injustice throughout the rest of the world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Statham on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books I've read this year. It is concise, well written, and challenging.

I bought multiple copies to help stir conversations about the 27 million in human tracking today.

I read the book in two days (literally)-- it was that good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Sears on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Haugen targets a part of us that lies dormant and neglected all too often, slips the needle in and injects some of God's best "wake-up" medicine. A stirring read you won't easily be able to put down or get away from. This one really could change your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A. Johnson on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you want to stay safe and just be a church attendee, this book is probably not for you. But if you want to go on an adventure and make a difference with your life as you follow Christ, you will devour this book. I did. It spoke to my soul and gave me great encouragement as it refreshed my resolve to be brave and follow Christ in what I call "point of need ministry."

I love when Haugen talks about the great commandment of loving God and people. How can we love God who we can not see when we don't love our neighbor who we do see? If we love our neighbor who we do see, we will follow Jesus and seek justice for them. This will cost us something. It will require action from us as we do something with our life to make a difference for those who are oppressed.

My favorite chapter in the book is titled "Would You Rather be Safe or Brave?" You can be a Christian and be safe, but you can not be safe and follow Christ. To follow Christ you must be brave because it may cost you your life. It just takes courage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emily C. Johnson on January 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just Courage is in many ways the workbook format of Mark Labberton's Dangerous Worship, Living God's Call to Justice. While Labberton lays out the theological precedent for why justice is imperative to worship and the Christian faith, Haugen's book lays the framework for what that looks like. I've long been impressed with IJM's mission, faithfulness, and integrity. He inspires his readers to get beyond the comforts of their safe middleclass American existence and begin to love and live dangerously for God. His is a battle cry for us all and one that reorders my thoughts and my prayers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeacherAmy on August 1, 2009
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This book is so inspiring and challenging - I think it's just what American Christians need. The author is right that it's so easy, here in the prosperous West, to choose to do the easy thing and be comfortable in our lives and in our faith, but in the end that is "lethal to the soul." This book is realistic and encouraging at the same time. I love it and have already recommended it to many of my friends. What a beautiful, exciting book!
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